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Health and the Holidays: 3 Tips to Keep You on Track

By Virginia Laird

As the holidays rapidly approach, it can be a struggle to keep your health at the top of your priority list. As you find yourself surrounded by late night holiday gatherings and an array of unhealthy treats, it can be vital to set a few limits when it comes to staying healthy. Health and wellness experts admit that many fall short of their routine food and exercise goals throughout the holiday season. This leaves those who are guilty of falling off course battling to get back on track with little room for error. These professionals have made a few suggestions for those who may need help keeping focused when the holidays kick in full swing. A few of their tips include:

  • Never attend a party starving
  • Make time to exercise weekly
  • Limit your alcohol consumption

Never Attend a Party Starving

Experts admit that attending a party while you are starving is much like going grocery shopping while hungry. You may find yourself reaching for everything in sight trying to ease the sensation if hunger you are feeling. Rather than allowing your hunger control you, health and wellness experts suggest that you eat a light snack prior to heading to your party. This can help curb your appetite upon arrival, which can help you make smart choices while you visit the buffet at your party.

Make Time to Exercise Weekly

As you well know, holiday food can pack on the pounds in a matter of a short period of time. Rather than allowing these scrumptious goodies to get the best of you, it is best to make sure you plan to exercise routinely. Health and wellness experts suggest that getting at least four workouts each week can be enough to help you keep your waistline on target. These experts also suggest it is best to keep an eye on your calorie consumption. Workouts are pointless if you decide to eat endlessly.

Limit Your Alcohol Consumption

Although alcohol seems to be a necessary staple at most holiday get-togethers. Experts advise this beverage should be consumed in limited quantities. Research suggests that alcohol, although tasty, provides a plethora of calories which provide little nutritional value. These calories can add up quickly. Experts advise that empty calories are sure to pack on the pounds when consumed recklessly. As you head out to your party, have a limit of alcohol you will consume and stick to it.

Now you can attend your party knowing you can handle the temptation of all things delicious at your next holiday party.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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